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Rupa Lakha, Partner

Rupa is a highly experienced construction disputes lawyer.

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Rupa Lakha has extensive experience in contentious construction and engineering work with experience in all forms of dispute resolution including extensive experience for key firm clients in relation to:

  • Claims for delay and disruption;
  • Final account disputes;
  • “Smash and grab” adjudications; and
  • Defects claims.

Rupa acts on behalf of all parts of the supply chain including major developers, main contractors and specialist sub-contractors including Derwent London Plc, Howard de Walden, London and Regional, The Dorchester Collection, Bouygues, Vascroft Contractors Limited and Permasteelisa.

She has experience across on both domestic and international projects including, hotels, commercial offices and infrastructure such as tunnels and bridges.

As well as dispute resolution, Rupa focuses on dispute avoidance and risk management. Rupa has an energetic, pragmatic and commercial approach to matters that consistently delivers strong results.

Rupa has been highly commended for her work and expertise, and is regularly quoted in the press. She has also been ranked in The Legal 500 ‘Next Generation Lawyers’ for Construction: contentious and non-contentious and is recognised as a ‘Future Leader in Construction’ by Who’s Who Legal. Rupa also leads on the development of the firm’s India Desk, a dedicated group bringing together the firm’s broad expertise to assist British Asians and Indian nationals navigating the complex UK legal spectrum and cross border issues.

Rupa is admitted to practise in England and Wales and is a qualified mediator.

Experience

  • Advising a major developer in relation to a defects claim against its main contractor in respect of the design and construction of defective cladding of a commercial building in Central London;
  • Advising a main contractor post the Grenfell tragedy in relation to claims on various projects regarding defective cladding;
  • Advising a major London estate in relation to an ongoing project where there are multiple issues including delays, damage due to flood and insurance claims;
  • Advising a main contractor in relation to the development of a Central London 5 star hotel. This involved submitting claims up the line and defending multiple adjudications from sub-contractors;
  • Advising a main contractor in High Court proceedings against a mechanical and electrical sub-contractor in respect of defective underfloor heating.
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